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Autumnal Books


Cosy quilts, vibrant wall hangings, wool applique, beautiful stitcheries and snuggly cushions. All can be found within this selection of Seasonal inspiring books.

Kathy Schmitz designs such gorgeous stitchery projects in her books Stitches from the Harvest and Stitches from the Garden. Perfect for making gifts for yourself or others, and the books are beautiful to receive for fellow stitchers.

Stacy West is a prolific and creative artist, who is expert at capturing the essence of Folk Art with just a few snips of her scissors and some lovely fabrics, especially woolens, to which she then adds her own original touches. Her Buttermilk Basin Books are crammed with inspiration. Stacy especially likes using wools and flannels.

Gail Pan and Janet Clare are two of our most popular designers and these books are full of ideas for all seasons. Changing Seasons from Gail Pan, has projects inspired by seasons, holidays and celebrations. Small patchwork quilts include spaces to spotlight interchangeable embroidery panels, making it easy to replace one pretty piece for another to reflect the time of year.
A Field Guide by Janet Clare, offers inspirational, fun and lively designs for quilts and stitcheries that combine her unique jointed applique templates and free machine drawing technique.
A truly beautiful book, inspired by nature.

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We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. For over seventy years she has dedicated her life to service for her country and the Commonwealth. We would like to offer our condolences to the Royal Family who have lost their beloved mother, grandmother and aunt. She will be missed by many around the world and we offer our love to all who are grieving for those they have lost.

Changing Seasons

With the arrival of September we also have the Autumnal weather. The sun has still been shining but there's a tangible nip in the air. Here in Cornwall we have also had several thunder storms bringing the much needed rain. With this change in temperature we are turning our thoughts to harvests, cosy nights snuggled under quilts of rich colours, soft flannels, pumpkins, halloween, acorns and, dare we say, in the not too distant future, Christmas.

With these things in mind, this week we take a closer look at our Autumnal patterns, seasonal books, buttons and fabrics, and have a peek at some new Christmas fabrics that have arrived.

We also announce the winners of our mini charm challenge. We are thankful to everyone who participated and you can see some of the entries on our Mini Charm Challenge page.

Happy Stitching
Best wishes
Sally & the girls
Autumn Fabrics
Cider has a retro 70s feel and is one of our sale ranges. Warm orange, soft blues and yellows and funky designs. There is even a beautiful boxed quilt kit Stars for Carter. Sally B made a bolster cushion with the Cider mini charm as part of our challenge.

Threads that Bind, a collection by Blackbird Designs, is reminiscent of antique styles. Florals, text, faded
stripes, dots and stars in earth tones.

Prairie Dreams by Kansas Troubles Quilters is inspired by nature and childhood prairie dreams.

We love the timeless aged look of Pieces of Time range, a mixture of traditionally inspired prints and vibrant colours. Pieces of Time will bring late Summer Sunshine into every Sewing room.

With calm and muted blues, greys and browns, Change of Seasons by Holly Taylor brings softness to the new saeson. Fran made a lovely bag using this range for her mini charm challenge entry

Quilts made from cosy brushed cottons and soft flannel fabrics are the perfect snuggle up comfort for this time of year. With rain outside, the light dimming and a little too early to light the fire, what better way to keep toasty then to make yourself or loved ones a quilt. We like to think of flannel quilts as portable hugs when wrapped around shoulders or knees.
Cider Collection
Prairie Dreams

Autumn Buttons

Look at these gorgeous Autumn themed wooden hand painted buttons! Wouldn't they look glorious adorning a seasonal hanging or bag?

Sally used the Christmas and Seaside themed buttons to create mini hangings and bunting by simply copying the design on the display pack in embroidery and applique.

Autumn Patterns

Such a wide choice of patterns to make for Autumn. The obvious ones being Autumn House and Autumn Joy, both by Bunny Hill and Autumn Flowers Table Runner by Gail Pan.

We also love the Crazy Apples Quilt pattern by Lynette Anderson. Such a fun foundation pieced quilt in various reds to celebrate this delicious and versatile fruit.

Pumpkin Farm, Fox and Friends, and Spiced Pumpkin Table runner are all by Lynette Anderson

Saltbox Farm a delightful block of the month and Harvest Time mini quilt are both made in soft muted tones by Natalie Bird

Crazy Apples Quilt Pattern

Mini Charm Challenge Winner

Drum roll please..........................................................

We had such lovely entries for our mini charm challenge that it was hard to choose a winner. All had something different to offer in terms of arrangement, quilting and applique. However, we had to choose a winner and we are pleased to announce that the winner of the Everyday Mini Charm challenge is Heather Dilleigh. We loved how she used the mini charms not only for the piecing but for the flowers and the tiny paper pieced hexagons. Heather adapted the Bird in a Basket pattern by Lynette Anderson for her make.

In Heather's own words, "I've made it as a sample really, as I've never done anything like this before and didn't want to use the material from the kit in case I messed up!! So many different aspects, it was a challenge for a beginner." We think she did a fantastic job. We can be so self critical of the things we make but we should be proud of all we achieve.

Heather wins a £25 voucher to spend in the shop. Congratulations to her and well done to everyone who took part. Your work is phenomenal and inspires us daily.

To allow more people to take part we have decided to extend the Christmas Mini Charm Challenge until December 9th to give everyone a little more time to finish their festive make. So don't despair if you didn't win this time. You now have plenty of time to get a festive entry made and emailed to us.

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